Toccoa, GA Dam Failure and Flood, Nov 1977

Damage From Flood Waters Ruins Of Toccoa Dam Failure Toccoa Falls GA Memorial Sign 1977 Dam Disaster.jpg Break In Dam


Toccoa, Ga. (AP) -- Here is a list of those killed at Toccoa Falls:
KAREN ANDERSON, 29, a married student, and her children JOEY ANDERSON and BECKY ANDERSON, all of Toccoa Falls.
JERRY BRITTON, 23, dormitory student, Olean, N. Y.
RUTH MOORE, 24, secretary of the Toccoa Falls College Alumni Association and her infant son, JEREMIAH, both of Toccoa Falls.
BILL EHRENSBERGER, 28, volunteer fireman, his wife PEGGY, 27, and their children ROBERT, CHRISTI and KENNY, all of Toccoa Falls.
TIA HARNER, 24, wife of a student and her child, ROBBY, both of Toccoa Falls.
RICHARD SWIRES, 21, Akron, Ohio.
MARY JO GINTHER, 26, and her children NANCY, BRENDA, RHONDA and TRACY, all of Toccoa Falls.
ELOISE PINNEY, 26, Toccoa Falls.
DAVID FLEDDERJOHANN, 30, volunteer fireman, Toccoa Falls.
BETTY JEAN WOERNER, 40, secretary to the college president, and her daughter, DEBORAH, 16, both of Toccoa Falls.
MARY WILLIAMS, 75, 35 years on the college staff, Toccoa Falls.
CORY HANNA, 30, dormitory student, Vero Beach, Fla.
EDWARD PEPSNY, 36, theology professor, his wife, CAROL, 35, and their children PAUL and BONNIE, all of Toccoa Falls.
CASS METZGER, 28, and her son DERICK, both of Toccoa Falls.
CHRIS KEMP, 4, son of a college staff member, Toccoa Falls.
JAMIE VEER, 4, son [sic] of a college staff member, Toccoa Falls.
MONROE RUPP, 75, Toccoa Falls.
MELISSA, JOSLYN and JOANNA SPROULL, all of Toccoa Falls.
Authorities reported these persons missing:
DR. JERRY SPROULL, 45, Toccoa Falls.
PAUL WILLIAMS, about 76, Toccoa Falls.

Listing from Charleston Daily Gazette West Virginia 1977-11-07



wrong sex of a victim of toccoa falls dam-break

I don't know which sister wrote the comment, but she's right. Jaimee is my daughter who died in the dam-break. Also myself, my wife, and my 3 other children survived.
Thank you for the correction.

Toccoa Falls College

Toccoa Falls College was never operated by any particular church, denomination, or any other group. From its beginning through past the time of the 1977 flood it was independantly operated by itself. The article says operated by the Christian and Missionary Alliance of Nyack, Ny, but this is not true. Toccoa Falls College worked with the Christian and Missionary Alliance as it did with other denominations. The dam at Toccoa Falls College was never inspected by any official dam inspectors. What inspection, if any, that took place was done by the maintenance staff at Toccoa Falls College of which none were dam inspectors. Only the first floor of the THREE floors of the men's dormitory received extensive damage and there was some water damage on the floor of the second floor. The men's dorm is located near the creek that flows from the falls. It is at the maximum 30 to 34 feet high. Water never was higher than 10 or 11 feet on the creek side of the dorm.

wrong sex of fatality

Jamie Veer was my brothers baby girl, not a son